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Tampa mayor wants free WiFi in urban parks

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has requested to find a provider who can offer free wireless internet access in Tampa outdoor parks.

Buckhorn said he wanted people of all ages to come downtown to work and play at the same time.

"WiFi will be a draw, particularly for the thousands of visitors who come down to the parks throughout our urban core, and a great amenity for the residents who live around them," he said.

The Request for Proposal specified that the connection will be available along the Tampa Riverwalk, Water Works Park, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Cotanchobee Park, and Riverfront Park.

Buckhorn requested a vendor who could run that network independently from the city and support it with advertising funds.

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